The holidays are second best to summer when it comes to movie releases. Christmas more so than Thanksgiving, but it seems like this Thanksgiving season there are quite a few good ones to look out for. Action, mystery, comedy and a little animation, these movies have a little bit of everything.
Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3)
The Marvel franchise movies never fail to disappoint, so it should be no surprise that Thor: Ragnarok will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. The trailer is full of excitement, reunions and unlikely companions for this new installment of the Thor series. Hel, the Norse goddess of death, has come to Asgard to make it her own. Looks like there will be a lot of action and comedic scenes. I really like how they have been including Norse mythology while incorporating it with super heroes. I love mythology, so of course Thor is one of my favorite Avengers. It is definitely something I’m looking forward to seeing.
Murder on the Orient Express (Nov. 10)
Agatha Christie. Poirot. If you know these names, then you already know what this movie is about. It is in the title, but mystery was Christie’s forte. When I first saw the character posters, I was intrigued and also excited. I love Agatha Christie novels. The original film came out in 1976, while the novel came out in 1934. The trailer makes this film look quite cinematic. I am looking forward to seeing this, even though I’ve already seen bad reviews about it on Facebook. I’m not going to let the opinions of others spoil a movie before I’ve even seen it. Considering the film is flush with amazing actors such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad and Johnny Depp, I can’t see how one actor (ahem, Kenneth Branagh) can ruin a movie.
Daddy’s Home 2 (Nov. 10)
Now, it doesn’t help because I haven’t seen the first movie. However, I do love Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The trailer looks hilarious though, and I love John Lithgow. Who doesn’t love Third Rock From the Sun? The film takes place during Christmas, and the two families are going to join together as one. Brad and Dusty’s fathers are coming for the holidays and it looks like the dads are a more exaggerated version of the co-dads. I will have to go back and watch the first Daddy’s Home so I can properly appreciate the friendship that has developed between the co-dads. Either way, this movie looks like it will be a funny one for the holidays.
Wonder (Nov. 17)
A heart-warming film fit for the holidays, Wonder will be a wonder of a film. Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts play the parents of Auggie, a boy who has had several operations in order for him to breathe, see and hear. However, he doesn’t look like a normal kid. He’s been home-schooled most of his life and now he’s going to public school. Everyone knows kids can be mean. I really want to see this movie. I’m sure it has it’s comedic points and heart-wrenching scenes, but it’s the kind of movie that you want to watch during the holidays.
Justice League (Nov. 17)
I love the superhero movies. I’m excited for this movie for many reasons. Mostly because we get our first real movie with Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa. The trailer features lots of action and devastation after the death of Superman. Ben Affleck as Batman was questionable to me at first but I’ve come to accept that he hasn’t ruined this character like he did with Daredevil. I’m excited to see how the film is received once it’s released. It looks really good and I can’t wait to see it. I loved Wonder Woman, and Batman is one of my favorite heroes in general. All of them coming together is a major reason I want to see this movie. It’s the same reason I love watching the Avengers movies.
The Star (Nov. 17)
I’ve seen the trailer for this movie a lot on Hulu during the commercials. I love animated movies about animals, and this movie is about the animals involved with the first Christmas. I’m interested to see how they bring it all together. It looks like it will be pretty funny, but I’m wondering how they incorporate all the history involved with it. I know it’s an animated kids movie, but it seems like they might have to stretch the truth in many aspects of the story line.
Coco (Nov. 22)
Pixar films are always a hit. This movie looks very similar to one that came out a couple years ago called The Book of Life. We focus on a boy who loves to play music and somehow ends up in the land of the dead with his trusty dog side-kick. Before he enters the land of the dead, his great-grandmother forbids all music, so Miguel (the boy), must play in secret. Once he is among the dead, he sets out to find his great-grandfather who was the greatest musician to ever live. I really enjoyed The Book of Life, so I feel like I’ll also love this movie. I love all Pixar movies, really. This film looks like it will be a great movie for the whole family to go see after eating Thanksgiving dinner.